New Land Rover Discovery revealed
Land Rover has revealed the all-new version of its iconic Discovery.
This marks the fifth-generation of the 4x4, which has been designed with families in mind as well as those who want to drive it across all terrains. Because of this, there are seven full-sized adult seats, nine USB ports and in-car WiFi, as well as an intelligent four-wheel drive system and off-road driver assistance technology.
The updated exterior design nods to previous generations while bringing in key features from the rest of the Land Rover range such as a narrower front grille and headlights. The new aluminium construction makes the Discovery 480kg lighter than the outgoing model.
Speaking about how the team approached reinventing such a well-loved car, Jeremy Hicks, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover, said: "The underpinning value of a Discovery is the authenticity of its capability – it's the car that can climb up a mountainside and wade through rivers.
"And then there's the versatility – it's the car that can tow 3.5 tonnes, have all the seats folded and carry whatever you want to wherever you want to. The trick has been to take that, keep it, but put it in a new body."
The interior has been given a more premium feel, but Land Rover says it's keen not to lose the durability of previous Discovery models. There are seven seats – all of which have heating functions and access to a USB port – that can fold in a variety of ways to make storage space as useful as possible.
There will be three engine options – two diesels and one petrol. The big seller is expected to be the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, which can achieve 45.3mpg and has CO2 emissions of 171g/km.
The new Discovery will be on dealer forecourts in spring 2017, with prices starting at £42,495 OTR.